Touched By The Gods - Tor Fantasy Author:Lawrence Watt-Evans When the baby Malledd is born to an ordinary family in a small country town, the oracles name him the true chosen Champion of the Domdur Empire. Should the Empire find itself at war, Malledd will be the one to lead them to victory, by the gods' decree. — But all has been at peace for generations, and Malledd disbelieves the prophecy. He is, he sa... more »ys, just an ordinary smith, and goes about his life being just that.
Now, in the dark hills of the Eastern lands, a centuries-old promise has come to its end, and an army of undead soldiers led by a dark magician threatens to topple the Empire. An Imperial Army is quickly gathered, and the Champion sought for. Will he answer his call? Or will the Empire fall because of one man's refusal to be anything other than normal?« less
Neat tale about a blacksmith chosen by the Gods to be the empire's champion. Only, he'd rather stay home with his wife and kids. Throw in the fact that the Gods aren't speaking to mortals anymore, and only a handful of people know that he is the chosen, and there's room for a whole lot of confusion.